Film as Fabric is the third release in the new Industrial Folklore Tapes series and is constructed from live recordings of the performance tilted ‘Film as Fabric’, which examines relationships between textile practice, filmmaking and sound by PAHC alumni Mary Stark . From 2012-2016, Mary’s studio practice and numerous performances took place in Rogue Artist Studios at Crusader Mill in Manchester, formerly a production site of machinery for the cotton industry and a garment works. The performance has been enriched by exploration of Lancashire’s industrial heritage and Mary’s family history, which includes workers in cotton mills and expert needlewomen.
Film as Fabric repeatedly involves sound in physical formats through optical sound, work song and recordings of weaving machinery on vinyl records, the amplified mechanisms of the film projector and sewing machine, and the artist’s voice. The performance highlights the now obsolete industrial practice of linear film editing and shows photochemical film as a sculptural reflective fabric, measured and worn on the body, cut with scissors and stitched on the sewing machine. Through the filmmaking technology of optical sound, fabric and stitch patterns are transformed into noise, referring to a lesser-known sonic world associated with textile production. The recordings are of live performances at Full of Noises Festival 2015, and in 2016 at Islington Mill, Manchester Histories Festival and Radio Revolten International Festival of Radio Art.
The release is limited to only 250 editions and comprises of a ten inch record in gatefold sleeve with a twelve page black and white machine sewn booklet and a 16mm black and white patterned fabric photogram. It is priced at £15.00 plus shipping.
The Wire magazine recently featured the release in their print issue 414, and shared a video made at Quarry Bank Mill that informed the performance https://www.thewire.co.uk/video/mary-stark-shares-some-visual-research
To see more of Mary’s work please visit http://www.marystark.co.uk/